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Idaho is the 43rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890. The state capital is Boise.

LGBT Rights in Idaho: Idaho voters adopted a constitutional amendment in November 2006 prohibiting same-sex marriage. No provision of Idaho law explicitly addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Idaho's hate crimes law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Idaho permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoptions.

Current challenge to Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban: Latta v. Otter.

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Wedding chapel files lawsuit claiming non-discrimination ordinance is unconstitutional

| Monday, October 20, 2014
Hitching Post wedding chapel, Coeur D Alene, ID
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho wedding chapel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene, claiming the city's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance is forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by performing same-sex marriages.

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‘Christian’ family takes homophobia on the road to protest same-sex marriage

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
MERIDIAN, Idaho -- An Idaho couple says they're taking a stand against same-sex marriage and the "homosexual extremist movement," because homosexuality "spreads like a cancer." Justin and Melanie Sease of Meridian, Idaho stayed far away from the celebrations this week when same-sex couples began marrying in their home state, but ...

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that effectively legalized same-sex marriage ...

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Idaho begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Idaho marriage
BOISE, Idaho -- The state of Idaho has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Dozens of couples waiting in line at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise on Wednesday morning cheered as state officials begin issuing the licenses moments ago.

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Idaho governor says he will not appeal same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's most recent decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage starting Wednesday.

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9th Circuit lifts Idaho stay, same-sex marriages begin Wednesday

| Monday, October 13, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's stay banning same-sex marriage dissolves starting Wednesday morning. The court's Monday decision came just after Idaho's attorney general dropped its opposition. Meanwhile, Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter maintained his resistance in a separate Monday court filing.

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First same-sex couple legally married in Idaho eager to see others wed

| Saturday, October 11, 2014
Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County.
MOSCOW, Idaho -- A day after becoming one of Idaho's first legally wed gay couples, Tabitha Simmons and Katherine Sprague were back at work at the comics store they own Saturday, relieved to finally have their union recognized by the state but eager for other counties to begin issuing the marriage licenses, too.

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U.S. Supreme Court lifts stay on Idaho same-sex marriage ruling

| Friday, October 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho. The court issued an order Friday that appears to remove the last legal obstacle keeping gay and lesbian couples from getting married in the conservative state.

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Idaho couples ask U.S. Supreme Court to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban, the attorneys and plaintiffs in Idaho's case gathered for a news conference in front of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. In front are attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, and from left to right behind them are three of the four couples in the case: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Sharene and Lori Watsen and Rachael and Amber Beierle.
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in accordance with a lower court's ruling earlier this week. Attorneys for the couples filed the opposition to an emergency stay with the high court Wednesday afternoon.

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What’s happening where? The latest developments in marriage equality…

| Thursday, October 9, 2014
Georgia Covey, left, embraces her partner Anna Singson while waiting in line for a same sex marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Las Vegas. The couple, along with several other same sex couples, waited in line for two hours before they found out they couldn't get a license.
Weddings, court rulings and confusion are defining a week that started with the U.S. Supreme Court denying appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. Some of the 11 states affected by the denial went ahead with weddings; others are proceeding toward marriage deliberately. Others are putting up a fight.

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